GIS for Transportation: Principles, Data and Applications

3.6 Summary of Lesson 3


In this lesson, we discussed a number of geocoding techniques and considered the pros and cons of each. We also examined the properties of an address locator in ArcGIS and the role it plays in the geocoding process. You had the opportunity to construct your own address locator using TIGER/Line shapefiles and used it to geocode a series of addresses.

Our transportation organizations of the week were MPOs and RPOs. We learned about how they are structured and the responsibilities they have in the area of transportation planning.

In our weekly webinar, we had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Ira Beckerman, an archaeologist who leads PennDOT’s cultural resources group which is responsible for the Department’s compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

In preparation for next week’s webinar, we reviewed some federally mandated transportation plans which MPOs and state DOTs are required to prepare and maintain. We also looked at how GIS can be used to visualize programmed projects and ensure this information is accessible to the public and other interested parties.

Finally, you had the opportunity to interact with a classmate in a one-on-one video conference call.

Questions and Comments

If there is anything in the Lesson 3 materials about which you would like to ask a question or provide a comment, submit a posting to the Lesson 3 Questions and Comments discussion in Canvas. Also, review others’ postings to this discussion and respond if you have something to offer or if you are able to help.